101 dumbest moments in business: Music
The year in shenanigans, skulduggery, and just plain stupidity in the world of music.
13. The furor dies down, but only after Sony says that the real intent was to prevent the spread of the malicious Celine Dion virus.Sony BMG installs software on its CDs "to prevent unlimited copying and unauthorized redistribution," but the cure is worse than the disease: The software makes customers' PCs vulnerable to hackers and viruses. Software maker Internet Security Systems labels Sony's program malicious because it "actively attempts to hide its presence from users." Ultimately, Sony offers uninstall software and has to recall millions of albums, including The Invisible Invasion, by the Coral; Healthy in Paranoid Times, by Our Lady Peace; and On Ne Change Pas (One Does Not Change), by Celine Dion.
14. How 'bout you stop sending us those Celine Dion CDs?"What do I have to do to get Audioslave on WKSS this week?!!? Whatever you can dream up, I can make it happen." -- E-mail from an employee of Sony BMG's Epic label to a Hartford, Conn., radio station. In July the company pays a $10 million fine as part of a settlement in which it agrees to stop indirectly paying radio stations to play songs by its artists.
52. And how much to have the record labels not sue them?
53. KBore.In May, Infinity Broadcasting switches San Francisco radio station KYCY to an all-podcast format promoted as "KYOU Radio." Among the programming highlights: "My Daily Commute" (a guy mulling his mortality while driving to work), "Rock and Roll Jew Show" (the latest hits from Israel), and "The Worst Music You've Ever Heard" ('nuff said). Meanwhile, KYCY shows it's still fuzzy on the difference between podcasting and merely turning one's station over to amateurs: The "podcasts" are to be broadcast over the airwaves but are not made available for downloading.
89. White noise? Awesome. When are we playing Phoenix?Yamaha of America recalls 1,100 S90 ES musical synthesizers, which retail for $2,600 each. The instruments can cause hearing loss by emitting a loud "white noise" when turned off and then on again under high temperature conditions. Next: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business: Full list >>
From the February 1, 2006 issue